The Happy Home Cook: Cassava Cake

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Cassava Cake (Photo by Elizabeth Ann Quirino)

Cassava Cake (Photo by Elizabeth Ann Quirino)

Cassava is the starchy, tuberous root of a tropical tree used as food in Asia and South America. In the Philippines, I prepared this with cassava grated by hand. Now that I live in the States, I buy frozen grated cassava in packs. This was a simple mix-stir-bake dessert. After baking for nearly an hour, I added the topping, my favorite part which makes the cake sticky- sweet and gooey. The cassava cake or ‘bibingkang cassava’ has a rich, heavy consistency flavored with sweet coconut cream and eggs. Once baked, the tropical coconut aroma is magnificent. This was adapted from Nora Daza’s ‘Let’s Cook with Nora’. This baked in a glass baking pan measuring 9 x 11 inches, and served 6 to 8 for dessert or merienda.


grated cassava, frozen pack - 16 ounces, thawed, drained (from Asian markets), about 2 cups
eggs- 3 large pieces, set aside 1 for topping
Granulated white sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups
Evaporated milk - 1 can (12 fl oz, 354 ml), divided use half of can for cake, rest for topping
Coconut milk- 1 can 13.5 fl oz., 400 ml), divided, use half of can for cake, rest for topping
Vanilla extract -1 teaspoon, for topping
Butter-1 Tablespoon, softened, to grease baking pan
Melted butter - 2 Tablespoons, for topping


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease a 9 x 11 inches baking pan with a height of about 2 inches, with baking spray and some softened butter. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix by hand the ingredients: gratedcassava, eggs, granulated sugar, half of evaporated milk, half of coconut milk. Blend well for about 5 to 6 minutes. Pour into the greased pan.

Bake at 350 F degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. Test the middle with a sharp knife. If knife comes out clean, cake is done. Remove from oven to add the topping.

To prepare topping: in a small bowl mix together the egg, halves of the evaporated milk and coconut cream, vanilla. Blend for a minute or 2. Pour on top of cooked cassava cake. Pour the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Place back in the oven. Broil at 400 F degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or till top is brown and has a golden crust.

Take cassava cake out of the oven to cool on counter. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and foil and refrigerate to set for at least 6 hours. Serve in slices warm or cold as a dessert or snack.

Keep refrigerated at all times. Store cooked cassava cake in refrigerator. This can keep up to 3 days.

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Elizabeth Ann Quirino

Elizabeth Ann Quirino

Elizabeth Ann Quirino, based in New Jersey, is a journalist, food writer and member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She blogs about Filipino home cooking and culinary travels to the Philippines on her site